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30-year ban on pit bulls repealed by vote in Denver

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Posted at 5:36 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 05:36:18-05

Denver's city council has voted in favor of repealing a 30-year ban on owning pit bulls and other terrier dogs, CBS News reported. The proposal, which replaces the ban with breed specific licensing, was passed by a vote of 7-4.

The legislation update will allow citizens to have a pit bull in the city — with some conditions, according to a tweet from the city council detailing the change. Pet parents must register their pup with Denver Animal Protection and get their dog a "breed-restricted license," the tweet said.

Owners must submit the pet's description, as well as provide proof that the animal was microchipped, has been spayed or neutered and is up to date on its rabies vaccination, according to CBS News. There is also a limit of two pit bulls per household and the DAP must be notified within eight hours if the pet escapes or bites someone.

The law will take effect in 90 days in the city, according to the city's tweet, if the mayor approves it.

According to CBS News, those in favor argued that the previous law was outdated and flawed; opponents of the ban said this breed of dogs are a continued risk to public safety.

More than 900 cities across the U.S. have some type of legislation against pit bulls, according to a compilation by DogsBite.com.